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High-Energy Astrophysics
Fulvio Melia

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface ix

Chapter 1: Introduction and Motivation 1
1.1 The Field of High-Energy Astrophysics 1
1.2 Energies, Luminosities, and Timescales 3
1.3 Atmospheric Absorption 8
1.4 Experimental Tools of High-Energy Astrophysics 12
1.5 High-Energy Telescopes 23

Chapter 2: The High-Energy Sky 31
2.1 X-ray Maps Up to 10 keV 32
2.2 The Sky Between 10 keV and 1MeV 34
2.3 Surveys up to 30MeV 36
2.4 The Highest Energy Maps Produced in Earth Orbit 36

Chapter 3: Relativity 39
3.1 Special Relativity 39
3.2 Relativistic Transformation of Physical Laws 48
3.3 General Relativity 51
3.4 Static Spacetimes 56

Chapter 4: Particle Acceleration 67
4.1 Gravity 67
4.2 Electromagnetic Fields 70
4.3 Fermi Acceleration 76

Chapter 5: Radiative Processes 84
5.1 The Radiation Field 84
5.2 Intensity 89
5.3 Thermal Bremsstrahlung 91
5.4 Single-Particle Synchrotron Emissivity 96
5.5 Thermal Synchrotron 107
5.6 Nonthermal Synchrotron 108
5.7 Compton Scattering 111

Chapter 6: Accretion of Plasma 118
6.1 Hydrodynamics 118
6.2 Bondi-Hoyle Accretion 123
6.3 Roche Lobe Geometry in Binaries and Accretion from a Companion Star 130
6.4 Formation of a Disk 134

Chapter 7: Accretion Disk Theory 137
7.1 Viscosity and Radial Disk Structure 137
7.2 Standard Thin-Disk Theory 139
7.3 Accretion Columns 153
7.4 Two-Temperature Thin Disks 158

Chapter 8: Thick Accretion Disks 164
8.1 Thick-Disk Structure 165
8.2 Radiatively Inefficient Flows 169

Chapter 9: Pulsing Sources 182
9.1 Radio Pulsars 182
9.2 X-ray Pulsars 195
9.3 Cataclysmic Variables 199

Chapter 10: Black Holes in Binaries 210
10.1 Early Discovery of Black Holes 211
10.2 The Archetypal HMXB Cygnus X-1 217
10.3 X-ray Novae 223
10.4 QPOs in Black-Hole Binaries 226

Chapter 11: Bursting Stars 233
11.1 X-ray Burst Sources 233
11.2 Gamma-Ray Burst Sources 240

Chapter 12: Supermassive Black Holes 259
12.1 Their Discovery and Identification 259
12.2 Nearby Objects 270
12.3 Supermassive Black Holes in AGNs 285

Chapter 13: The High-Energy Background 303
13.1 Cosmic Rays 303
13.2 Galaxy Clusters 312
13.3 Diffuse Emission 316

Bibliography 327
Index 351

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